NORTHS DEVILS 34
Tries: Jack Miers (6m), Michael Lucas (14m), Dane Chang (50m), Javern White (66m), Matiu Love-Henry (69m), Francis Molo (75m)
Goals: Jack Miers 1 Conv, 1 Pen, Chris Sandow 3 Conv
MACKAY CUTTERS 10
Tries: Cooper Bambling (23m), Nathan Saumalu (39m)
Goals: Copper Bambling 1 Conv
By Dan White
Mackay gets the TV game this Sunday and the flood soaked region will return to our eyes after the massive clean-up efforts. They shocked the football world with a strong win over the more fancied Easts Tigers and will hope to continue this with the Devils. Norths come in off a surprise home loss to the Northern Pride and Coach Mark Gliddon will hope he founds the answers to his sides sudden fall from grace.
Last Time Out:
The Tigers headed in at half time with a comfortable 10-4 lead over the Cutters. Who would have expected the change in the second half? Five tries to nil and the Tigers who had been unbeaten since round 3 were sent packing by a resurgent Cutters who had shown glimpses but surprised everyone with this effort. With tries coming from all parts, it was a good news story for the struggling region, and one well earned by the team. With the Cutters sitting in the middle of the table, they are close enough to make a push.
The Devils were home to the Northern Pride, and the locals would have been wondering what happened after they were kept out of scoring distance pretty soon after getting the first score. A Gela-Mosby try made sure that they were not going to leave him isolated again for the match, but the Pride found was to get over the try line and keep the devils out until two late tries let the scoreboard seem respectable but not a real reflection of how the contest went.
Who to Watch Out For:
The five-eighths battle between Nicholas Hynes and Danny Kerr will be the key to how this game plays out. For Mackay, they know that Cooper Bambling can do his magic, but the Devils will be working hard to shut him down, thrusting Hynes into the spotlight. Both can weave their magic, Hynes was excellent last week with an excellent kicking game to compliment is 80metres. Kerr did not light up the game, but it is rare he has two bad games in a row.
How They Will Win:
Coach Steve Sheppard will need to give the Cutters his half time speech before kickoff and get them as fired up as they were last weekend. The combination of Hynes and Bambling will determine this result, if they can perform like last week, then the Devils will struggle.
For the Devils, they should can the last few losses and go back to watching what made them win earlier on in the season. Teams adjust to how you are playing now and they need to go back to how they were winning.
The Cutters are at home for the second game in a row and most teams win this game. While the Devils had some early form, the loss to the Pride at home will hurt more than most. Cutters by 4.
1. Jack Joass 2. Yamba Bowie 3. Setaimata Sa (c) 4. Jordan Pereira 5. Nathan Saumalu 6. Nicholas Hynes 7. Cooper Bambling 8. Braden Uele 9. Aaron Booth 10. Nicholas Brown 11. Andrew Davey (c) 12. Shane Wright 13. Lona Kaifoto 14. Jake Eden 15. Tyler Gardiner 16. Kouma Samson 17. Gareth Moore
Coach: Steve Sheppard
1. Javarn White 2. Michael Lucas 3. Delouise Hoeter 4. Luke Pollock 5. Dane Chang 6. Danny Kerr 7. Jack Miers 8. Francis Molo 9. Billy Brittain (c) 10. James Taylor 11. Jarryd Dodd 12. Matiu Love-Henry 13. Dalton Phillips 14. Chris Sandow 15. Stephen Coombe 16. Mike Pearsall 17. Tama Koopu
Coach: Mark Gliddon
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